Independent Maternity Patterns

Posted by Freya Gilbert
on May 17, 2018

Hey everyone, this post is only going to appeal to a small portion of you, but I would have found it super useful when I was expecting so I wanted to put together a list of lovely maternity and nursing friendly dressmaking patterns for any sewing-mamas-to-be.

I'm celebrating my little ones first birthday this week so obviously having a little reflection on the last year.  Unsurprisingly, I haven't had a lot of time to sew over this year, but I did manage to squeeze in some sewing time before she was born and made myself a some of my maternity wardrobe.

I haven't used all these patterns myself- Both Tilly and the Buttons and Sew Over it released their maternity ranges after I had had Mia as their pregnancies were at a similar time to mine, but having used some of their patterns before I expect they are to a similar standard to their usual range.

So the thing with most maternity patterns is they tend to only be avalible as PDF's, but you do tend to get the copy shop versions as well as the print at home versions, so that saves your poor, pregnant knees!

 Megan Nielsen

megan neilsen patterns

Megan Nielsen has been around the longest with her maternity patterns, and I have sewn up the Amber dress which was lovely to wear - and nursing friendly too!  With a full range and lots of options, you're sure to find something you'll wear a lot here.

Megan also runs a separate blog called DIYmaternity which is full of inspiration and tutorials for a handmade maternity wardrobe.

Waterfall Blouse by Make It Perfect

waterfall blouse pregnancy

I've also made three versions of the Waterfall blouse. It's woven, making it a good choice if you're not used to sewing with jersey or newish to sewing.  The blouse fit me though most of my pregnancy, though it was a little tight in the 9th month, then I wore it for nursing as it was easy to lift up for access. 


Tilly and the Buttons Maternity Agnes

tatb maternity agness craftysewandso

Everyone needs a t-shirt pattern in their stash and it's no different when you are pregnant!  This little number is a quick make and really comfortable- perfect for pregnancy!

 Tilly and the Buttons Maternity Bettine

tilly and the buttons bettine dress pregnancy maternity

The Bettine is fantastic for spring/summer, and can be made in wovens or jerseys! The maternity version also comes with a hack to making it accessible for nursing! 

Sew Over It's Maternity Range

Sew Over it lilly top maternity pattern

Sew Over It has released two PDF maternity patterns and published hacks to adjust two of their other patterns to be pregnancy friendly.  

Peak-a-boo Sewing Patterns


Peak-a-boo sewing patterns have a range of add-ons for some of their regular women's patterns, which are worth a look.  I haven't used any of these patterns, so can't vouch for the quality, but I like the styles.

So, those are all the independent maternity patterns I know of, do you know of any more I should check out?  I'm very happy to keep expanding on this list!

Freya x

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